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An Innovative Approach to Skilled Nursing Care in Homer Glen & Orland Park

When you need the highest level of care, you probably picture an institutionalized setting in a nursing home. While you will see a skilled medical team dedicated to the highest quality of life for each resident, you may be surprised at how home-like our skilled nursing care is. We provide a cozy, inviting environment, with compassionate staff who think of our residents as family.  We proudly serve Homer Glen and Orland Park with our Skilled Nursing services.

interior shot of victorian village nursing home room in small house
A doctor explaining something to her nursing home patient

Small House, Big Difference.

If you are not familiar with the term “Small House” in the field of skilled nursing care, that’s not surprising. The concept is somewhat new, and Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center built the first one in Homer Glen, IL. Small Houses are a big idea because they are revolutionizing the traditional, institutional, nursing home model. What’s the difference?

interior of nursing home dining room

Smaller Architecture

A Small House structure is designed like a home, not an institution. In our two skilled nursing buildings, 10 private rooms surround gracious living areas and a common kitchen. The smaller space means the walking distance from bedroom to living room is short enough for most people to navigate without assistance, giving them greater independence.

care partner assists nursing home residents at activity

Flexible Programming

Such increased independence leads to greater flexibility with programming. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Your schedule is formed around the natural rhythms of your daily life. Do you go to bed early or stay up late? Are you a morning person or need a nap during the day? Is a snack before bed a normal part of your routine? The Small House culture recognizes and allows room for different patterns. Your freedom is as important as your security.

care partner assists during home residents

Collaborative Decision-Making

“Nothing about me without me” is the Small House motto, reinforcing the idea that no decision can be made about a resident’s care without input from the resident herself. Day-to-day, Small House residents are encouraged to participate in the life of the house to whatever extent they are able — helping with housekeeping, working in the garden, making decisions about outings, and more. Meals are prepared in an open kitchen and served at a large table where staff, residents, and families eat and socialize together. Such involvement reinforces a sense of purpose and value while exercising cognitive and motor skills. 

See the Small House Difference.

If you'd like a glimpse of our unique approach to Skilled Nursing Care before you visit our site located in Homer Glen and near Orland Park, watch this!

Rita Stachniak

“I challenge you to find care like this anywhere else.”

Rob wanted a to find a place where Rita could thrive, regardless of her age or need for medical assistance. He found that and so much more at Victorian Village. His mom Rita calls it “the Cadillac of nursing homes,” and he is impressed by the attention and care she receives. “A private room with the ratio of one nurse and two aides for ten people? You can’t get that ratio anywhere,” he says. “I challenge you to find care like this anywhere else.”

Sample Life Enrichment Calendar

Click below to explore a sampling of the many activities available in our Small Houses throughout the week.

Time Activity Location
10:00 am Exercise Faith House
10:15 am Current News and Events Faith House
10:30 am Creative Expression Faith House
1:00 pm FaceTime Calls
1:30 pm Table Games Hope House
2:30 pm Activity Room Hope House
Time Activity Location
10:30 am Sit & Be Fit Faith House
11:30 am Room Rounds Hope House
1:00 pm FaceTime Calls
2:00 pm Music & Memories Hope House
3:30 pm Mobile Cart Rehab House
Time Activity Location
10:15 am Crafts Faith House
11:30 am Can I Help You? Hope House
1:00 pm FaceTime Calls
2:00 pm Activity Visits Hope House
2:30 pm Bunco Club Hope House
3:45 pm Chaplain’s Message Channel 4
Time Activity Location
10:00 am Rise and Shine Faith House
10:15 am Trivia Quiz Faith House
10:30 am Bunco Faith House
11:30 am Easy Listening Hope House
1:00 pm FaceTime Calls
2:00 pm Resident Choice Hope House
3:30 pm Mobile Cart Rehab House
Time Activity Location
10:00 am Exercise Faith House
10:15 am Daily Chronicle Faith House
10:30 am Left, Right, Center Faith House
11:30 am Room Rounds Hope House
1:00 pm FaceTime Calls
2:00 pm Trivia Hope House
3:00 pm Snacks Faith & Hope Houses
Time Activity Location
10:15 am Daily Chronicle Faith House
10:30 am Bingo Faith House
11:30 am FaceTime Calls
1:30 pm Mobile Cart Rehab House
2:00 pm Bingo Hope House
Time Activity Location
9:00 am Orland Park CRC Worship Service Channel 4
9:30 am Catholic Mass Channel 9
2:30 pm Devotions Faith House
2:45 pm Hymn Sing Faith House
4:00 pm Hymn Sing Hope House

When Quality Counts, Count on Victorian Village Skilled Nursing.

Revolutionary Design.

Our unique Skilled Nursing “Small House” at Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center was thoughtfully designed like a home, centered around the resident. Unlike an institutional nursing home, a typical day’s schedule at the Small House is based on resident preferences, not staff efficiency. The care still meets all state regulations, but it’s highly personalized.

Personalized Attention.

We know nothing is more important than the trust between our residents and their caregivers, so Victorian Village is committed to safe staffing ratios. With only 10 private rooms in each of our two Skilled Nursing buildings, residents receive the personalized care and attention they deserve. Our facility consistently ranks among the best-staffed in the nation for both nurse aides and RNs, according to CMS reports.

Holding Ourselves to the Highest Standards.

The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Victorian Village has earned the Joint Commission’s prestigious Gold Seal of Approval in Comprehensive Care for Nursing Care Centers. Achieving accreditation is not mandatory for skilled nursing centers, but we appreciate the commitment to quality that The Joint Commission’s standards represent, so we gladly apply.

Caring for Body and Soul.

What truly sets Victorian Village apart is our faith-based, non-profit mission. Our call is to serve each individual “in the name of Jesus Christ,” and we do that by investing in our staff and our residents, not shareholders. With a chaplain on campus, residents find peace and comfort in our caring environment, regardless of their personal beliefs.

Proven Outcomes.

Our hard work, high standards, and commitment to our residents pays off. Our skilled nursing program consistently earn Above Average rankings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We credit this success to the strong relationships between our employees, medical directors, and on-staff physicians.

Advanced Clinical Care.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why Victorian Village has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management. Our clinical team has undergone specialized training to prevent and treat all types of chronic and complex wound and skin issues, reducing the need to send our residents out to wound care centers or hospitals.

Valuing Our Employees.

We know it takes a special kind of person to provide loving care for seniors, and we value the hard work of our team members through a supportive environment, flexible scheduling, a generous benefits package, and opportunities to advance their careers. And in return, our employees are loyal to Victorian Village – with a lower staff turnover rate than other organizations in our industry.

Committed to Stopping COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve taken our responsibility to our staff and our residents seriously. We’ve made sure to provide our team with all the necessary tools and equipment to keep themselves, their residents, and their loved ones safe from the virus. Together we’re continuing the fight, with COVID-19 vaccination rates for both residents and staff above the national averages. 

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